A BUSINESSMAN has brought some much-needed cheer to Southport’s struggling town centre.
Matthew Townson is the new owner of one of the resort’s most prominent buildings and is preparing to spend more than £1million redeveloping it.
Full story - page 3
A FORMER Victorian school in Southport town centre has been snapped up by a local businessman.
Matthew Townson will move his company, Techedia, into one part of The Cloisters on Corporation Street and will create a new health and wellbeing centre in the other.
The 6,000 sq ft, two-storey store is subdivided into two units and has a large rooftop terrace that was once a playground.
Techedia, an IT company, will move from its Crosby base where it has experienced year on year growth since its formation in 2013.
Mr Townson, who’s from Southport, hopes to more than double the size of Techedia and create around 75 jobs recruiting from the town’s schools and colleges which he once attended. He said: “As a proud Sandgrounder, I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring such an important building in the town back to life after being empty for three years.
“We’re keen to attract local people to work in the building and perhaps more importantly retain that talent.
“The Council has been extremely supportive and we’re continuing to work with them to ensure the building is not only eco-friendly but also provides services and activities for local people focusing on health, wellness and wellbeing."
Southport MP Damien Moore added: “The new way of working combined with technology is allowing businesses to break free of being confined to the traditional large cities and metropolitan areas.
“We have some wonderful buildings that would easily accommodate established businesses and start-ups.
“I will do all I can to encourage more of this type of investment. Southport needs more highly skilled, highly paid jobs. ”
A planning application has been submitted to Sefton Council with work expected to begin early next year.